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Advanced Diploma in Philosophy

Overseas student type

You are an overseas student if you are:

  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
  • a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
  • a resident or citizen of any other country.

Conditions of study

  • If residing in Australia the student will be classified as ‘On-Shore’. The student will require a visa to study.
  • If residing overseas the student will be classified as ‘Off-Shore’. The student does not require a visa to study.

Student Visa 500

  • A visa granted to non-Australian/New Zealand citizens residing and studying in Australia full-time.
  • Course of study must be CRICOS registered.
  • Cannot study more than 1/3 of course online.

Overview

The Advanced Diploma in Philosophy builds on the Diploma in Theology by enabling students to deepen their understanding through a specialised focus on Philosophy. It may be possible for students to undertake study in a ministry setting as part of the course.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Philosophy

  1. have significant foundational skills for critical study of Christian texts.
  2. have skills to articulate and reflect upon foundational theological, scriptural and philosophical knowledge.
  3. have strong analytical skills allowing them to analyse and communicate sound theological and philosophical arguments, especially in relation to worldview perspectives.
  4. apply their skills and knowledge to their own and other contexts and traditions through philosophical analysis and argument.
  5. apply their skills and knowledge to the service of others through practical engagement and in contexts such as practical support ministries or cultural and philosophical analysis.

Course structure

The Advanced Diploma in Philosophy consists of 288 points of study:

  • 18 points of Old Testament
  • 18 points of New Testament
  • 18 points of Church History
  • 18 points of Systematic Theology
  • 36 additional points from Field B and / or Field C
  • 144 points of Philosophy
  • a further 36 points of study.

Colleges where this course is available

  • Catholic Theological College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Yarra Theological Union
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Box Hill VIC
  • Catholic Theological College
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Yarra Theological Union
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    Box Hill VIC

    Duration

    The standard full-time duration of the Advanced Diploma in Philosophy is two years. The Advanced Diploma in Philosophy must be completed in not less than two years and not more than eight years from the date on which the course is commenced.

    Standard full-time 2 years
    Maximum part-time 8 years
    Standard full-time 2 years
    Maximum part-time
    Part-time available to off-shore students only
    8 years

    Pathways to future study

    Graduates may proceed to the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology.

    Admission criteria

    Successful completion of of the Victorian Certificate of Education in an Australian secondary school or the Diploma in Theology, or equivalent.

    Prospective students apply by direct entry to a College of the University. The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is not used in selection at the University of Divinity.

    It may be possible for students to receive credit into their course for prior post-secondary study in theology or ministry.

    Fee summary

    The Advanced Diploma in Philosophy requires completion of 16 standard undergraduate units. Fees for 2021 are $1,704 per standard unit or $13,632 for a year of full-time study (8 units).

    Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

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